Wine Classes

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OTTO hosts wine classes twice weekly. These fun and educational experiences are hosted at the standing high-top tables in the front of the restaurant (the Enoteca). Each class includes tastes of five wines (three reds and two whites, unless otherwise noted) and lasts approximately 90 minutes. To complement our selection of wines, classes include the chef’s selection of artisanal cheeses and house-cured meats. All classes are led by a Sommelier from OTTO’s knowledgeable and enthusiastic wine team. For reference, all classes are $60 per person, unless otherwise noted. Please be advised that class prices are exclusive of gratuity.

To make a reservation in a public wine class, please email vino@ottopizzeria.com or call the restaurant at 212.995.9559. 

Saturday Afternoon Classes at 2:00pm 

July 1 – South of the Boot

From the mineral driven white wines of Campania to the intensely earthy wines of Puglia, we’ll be taking a look into the wines of the southern regions of Italy and taste some grapes indigenous to these areas that you’ve probably never even heard of.

CANTINA SOCIALE, VERMENTINO, 2015 
I CAPITANI, SERUM, 2015
GRACI, ETNA ROSATO, 2016
MUSTO CARMELITANO, SERRE DEL PRETE, 2012
LIBRANDI, MAGNO MEGONIO, 2013

 

July 8 – The Start of Bastianich Wines ($75)

Over the years within their growing empire, you stop to think about what has come to make Mario and Joe’s restaurants so successful. It’s the warmth of the service, high quality of food, and of course, great wine to go along with these two. In this class we’ll dive into Joe Bastianich’s start in the wine world and taste some of his wines that have truly made him a success. 

FLOR, PROSECCO, NV 
BASTIANICH, PLUS, 2011
BASTIANICH, REFOSCO ROSATO, 2016 
BASTIANICH, VESPA ROSSO, 2012
LA MOZZA, ARAGONE, 2011

 

July 15 – What You Age In Matters 

You can age wine in just about everything, but how exactly do these vessels affect the final product? From stainless steel to oak, to even amphora, we’ll explain how important these pieces are to the wine making process.

EDI KEBER, COLLIO BIANCO, 2015 
VIE DI ROMANS, ISONZO, 2014 
BURLOTTO, NEBBIOLO ROSATO, 2016 
CAVALLOTTO, BARBERA D’ ALBA, 2013
ODOARDI, TERRE DAMIA, 2013

 

July 22 – Back to the Basics

Want to know how that grape went from vine to wine? Here we will go through the specific method of how wine is made, and show off some different producers that accentuate different steps throughout the process.

ABBAZIA DI NOVACELLA, PINOT GRIGIO, 2015 
CASTELLO DELLA SALA, ORVIETO, 2015 
BISSON, CILIEGIOLO ROSATO, 2016 
NINO NEGRI, QUADRIO, 2011 
PALA CANNONAU, 2013

 

July 29– The King and Queen of Piemonte ($140)

Barolo and Barbaresco. Two of the most intimidating, yet seductive and intriguing names when it comes to Italian wine. Although both coming from the same grape, nebbiolo, they can show amazing differences based on the soil type and climate alone, and are truly worth diving into.

ERALDO VIBERTI, BAROLO, 2007 
BRUNO ROCCA, COPAROSSA, 2011 
VIETTI, LAZZARITO, 2003 
ROAGNA, PAJE, 2009
PARUSSO, MARIONDINO, 2004

          
    Tuesday Evening Classes at 6:30pm – $60 

July 4 – All About Them Bubbles

How did they get the bubbles in your wine? From Franciacorta to prosecco to even slightly frizzante red wine, we will be exploring the production of sparkling wine throughout Italy and show off some really incredible producers. Truly the only way to celebrate your Independence day.

FLOR, PROSECCO, NV 
MONTE ROSSA, FRANCIACORTA, NV 
SCIACCIADIAVOLI, SAGRANTINO, NV 
VIETTI, VIVACE, 2015 
CLETO CHIARLI, LAMBRUSCO,NV

 

July 11 – Not Just Italian

While people know Super Tuscans and their use of international varieties, not many people realize how much of an affect this movement had on the entirety of Italy. Here we will turn away from indigenous varieties for just this class and show how these grapes fare in Italy.

BURLOTTO, SAUVIGNON BLANC, 2016 
FELSINA, ISITRI, 2014
MONTEVERSA, VERSACINTO ROSSO, 2015 
SARDUS PATER, IS SOLUS, 2015
AMERIGHI, SYRAH, 2013

 

July 18 – The Weirdos of Italy

While people know Super Tuscans and their use of international varieties, not many people realize how much of an affect this movement had on the entirety of Italy. Here we will turn away from indigenous varieties for just this class and show how these grapes fare in Italy.

BURLOTTO, SAUVIGNON BLANC, 2016 
FELSINA, ISITRI, 2014 
MONTEVERSA, VERSACINTO ROSSO, 2015 
SARDUS PATER, IS SOLUS, 2015 
AMERIGHI, SYRAH, 2013

 

 July 25 – Everything But Nebbiolo

Everyone knows nebbiolo as being the most famous grape throughout Piemonte, used to make both Barolo and Barbaresco. In this class we will be exploring the less known grape varities of the region and showing how they can be just as good, if not better than their more well known counterpart.

MALVIRA, ROERO ARNEIS, 2015 
ABBONA, FAVORITA, 2014
BRAIDA, LIMONTE, 2014
BURLOTTO, FREISA, 2015
LA MIRAJA, LE MASCHE, 2014

 

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Reservation Information

To make a reservation in a public wine class, please email vino@ottopizzeria.com or call the restaurant at 212-995-9559. 

Please be advised that we do require a 4-guest minimum to hold all public wine classes. Should we be forced to cancel a class due to lack of participation, all guests will be provided with at least 24 hours advance notice. Though we are not able to accommodate groups larger than 6 guests in our public wine classes, private wine classes are available for groups of 6-24. For more information, please contact our Group Dining team at groupdining@ottopizzeria.com

Further Questions

If you have any further questions, please email us at vino@ottopizzeria.com or call us at 212-995-9559.

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